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1,500 metres, Men

Date15 – 19 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants48 from 30 countries

With the man considered by many as the greatest 1,500 metre/miler ever, Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj, now retired, the race was far more open. The favorites in his absence were Rashid Ramzi, a Moroccan now running for Bahrain, who had won the 800 and 1,500 at the 2005 World Championships, and America’s Bernard Lagat, the 2000 bronze medalist and 2004 silver medalist, and 2007 World Champion at both 1,500 and 5,000 metres. Lagat had qualified again for both the 1,500 and 5K, but in Beijing Lagat was hampered with a left Achilles’ tendon problem and did not get past the semi-finals. That left it open for Ramzi, who had not raced much in 2007 or 2008 and was a bit of a mystery. In the final, the lead was taken on the first lap by Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop, who went through 400 in 56.48. The pace was not fast enough to break up the field, and Kenya’s Augustine Choge led through 1,200 in 2:53.67, with a group of runners close on his heels. Ramzi then sprinted to the lead on the backstretch. Kiprop also powered ahead and moved into second. He could never get past Ramzi, who won by slightly over a stride, Kiprop taking the silver. New Zealand’s Nick Willis was never in the race early, 11th with a lap left and 8th with 300 left, but he closed very fast and moved up for the bronze medal.

Using new detection techniques, urine samples from the Olympics were retested in early 2009. Traces of CERA (continuous erythropoietin receptor activator) were found in the sample from Ramzi, which was announced in April. Tests of the B sample were also reported positive later in the year, and the IOC Executive Committee officially stripped the Bahraini of his title in November 2009. The other medals were redistributed, with France’s Mehdi Baala receiving his bronze medal at a special ceremony in Paris in January 2010.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
12287Asbel KipropKEN3:41.28 (1 h2)3:37.04 (1 h1)3:33.11 (1)Gold
22547Nick WillisNZL3:36.01 (2 h1)3:37.54 (4 h2)3:34.16 (2)Silver
31720Mehdi BaalaFRA3:35.87 (1 h1)3:37.47 (1 h2)3:34.21 (3)Bronze
41582Juan Carlos HigueroESP3:41.70 (3 h2)3:37.31 (3 h1)3:34.44 (4)
52393Abdalaati IguiderMAR3:36.48 (4 h3)3:37.21 (2 h1)3:34.66 (5)
62725Juan van DeventerRSA3:36.32 (1 h3)3:37.75 (6 h1)3:34.77 (6)
71251Belal Mansoor AliBRN3:36.84 (6 h3)3:37.60 (5 h1)3:35.23 (7)
81786Andy BaddeleyGBR3:36.47 (3 h3)3:37.47 (2 h2)3:35.37 (8)
92255Augustine ChogeKEN3:35.47 (2 h4)3:37.54 (3 h2)3:35.50 (9)
102685Daham Najim BashirQAT3:36.05 (3 h1)3:37.77 (7 h1)3:37.68 (10)
112100Christian ObristITA3:35.91 (3 h4)3:37.47 (4 h1)3:39.87 (11)
5 h2 r2/33194Bernard LagatUSA3:41.98 (4 h2)3:37.79 (5 h2)
6 h2 r2/31672Deresse MekonnenETH3:36.22 (5 h1)3:37.85 (6 h2)
7 h2 r2/31011Tarek BoukensaALG3:36.11 (4 h1)3:39.73 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/31909Carsten SchlangenGER3:36.34 (5 h4)3:37.94 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31298Kevin SullivanCAN3:36.05 (4 h4)3:40.30 (8 h2)
9 h1 r2/31287Nate BrannenCAN3:41.45 (2 h2)3:39.10 (9 h1)
9 h2 r2/32401Mohamed MoustaouiMAR3:34.80 (1 h4)3:40.90 (9 h2)
10 h1 r2/31680Mulugeta WendimuETH3:36.67 (6 h4)3:40.16 (10 h1)
10 h2 r2/31581Arturo CasadoESP3:36.42 (2 h3)3:41.57 (10 h2)
11 h1 r2/31006Antar ZerguelaïneALG3:42.30 (5 h2)3:40.64 (11 h1)
11 h2 r2/33278Leo ManzanoUSA3:36.67 (6 h1)3:50.33 (11 h2)
12 h1 r2/33196Lopez LomongUSA3:36.70 (5 h3)3:41.00 (12 h1)
6 h2 r1/32901Goran NavaSRB3:42.92 (6 h2)
7 h1 r1/31029Javier CarriqueoARG3:39.36 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/31811Tom LancashireGBR3:43.40 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/31228Hudson de SouzaBRA3:37.06 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/32691Thamer Kamal AliQAT3:41.08 (7 h4)
8 h1 r1/31585Reyes EstévezESP3:39.62 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/32041Alistair CraggIRL3:44.90 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/31673Demma DabaETH3:37.78 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/31540Mahamoud FarahDJI3:43.62 (8 h4)
9 h1 r1/31310Taylor MilneCAN3:41.56 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/31574Hais WeldayERI3:45.06 (9 h2)
9 h3 r1/31643Tiidrek NurmeEST3:38.59 (9 h3)
9 h4 r1/32414Chauncy MasterMAW3:44.96 (9 h4)
10 h1 r1/32400Youssef BabaMAR3:42.13 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/32320Mohammed ShaweenKSA3:45.82 (10 h2)
10 h3 r1/32680David FreemanPUR3:39.70 (10 h3)
10 h4 r1/31015Kamal BoulahfaneALG3:45.59 (10 h4)
11 h1 r1/32845Vyacheslav ShabuninRUS3:42.53 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/31046Mitch KealeyAUS3:46.31 (11 h2)
11 h3 r1/32289Nicholas KemboiKEN3:41.56 (11 h3)
11 h4 r1/31052Jeff RiseleyAUS3:53.95 (11 h4)
12 h2 r1/32965Isaiah MsibiSWZ3:51.35 (12 h2)
12 h3 r1/31552Byron PiedraECU3:45.57 (12 h3)
13 h3 r1/32915Abdalla AbdelgadirSUD3:47.65 (13 h3)
AC1256Rashid RamziBRN3:32.89 (AC h4)3:37.11 (AC h2)3:32.94 (AC)DQ (doping)1
DNS2442Juan Luis BarriosMEX– (DNS h1)
DNS3102Ivan HeshkoUKR– (DNS h2)

Round One (15 August 2008)

Top five in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (19:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Mehdi BaalaFRA3:35.87Q
22Nick WillisNZL3:36.01Q
39Daham Najim BashirQAT3:36.05Q
41Tarek BoukensaALG3:36.11Q
511Deresse MekonnenETH3:36.22Q
64Leo ManzanoUSA3:36.67q
73Javier CarriqueoARG3:39.36
812Reyes EstévezESP3:39.62
95Taylor MilneCAN3:41.56
108Youssef BabaMAR3:42.13
1110Vyacheslav ShabuninRUS3:42.53
DNS6Juan Luis BarriosMEX

Splits

400 m59.74Vyacheslav Shabunin
800 m1:57.64Vyacheslav Shabunin
1200 m2:55.52Nick Willis

Heat Two (19:19)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Asbel KipropKEN3:41.28Q
21Nate BrannenCAN3:41.45Q
32Juan Carlos HigueroESP3:41.70Q
45Bernard LagatUSA3:41.98Q
513Antar ZerguelaïneALG3:42.30Q
612Goran NavaSRB3:42.92
711Tom LancashireGBR3:43.40
88Alistair CraggIRL3:44.90
96Hais WeldayERI3:45.06
109Mohammed ShaweenKSA3:45.82
114Mitch KealeyAUS3:46.31
1210Isaiah MsibiSWZ3:51.35
DNS7Ivan HeshkoUKR

Splits

400 m1:00.78Asbel Kiprop
800 m2:05.39Goran Nava
1200 m3:02.63Goran Nava

Heat Three (19:28)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
19Juan van DeventerRSA3:36.32Q
25Arturo CasadoESP3:36.42Q
38Andy BaddeleyGBR3:36.47Q
47Abdalaati IguiderMAR3:36.48Q
56Lopez LomongUSA3:36.70Q
612Belal Mansoor AliBRN3:36.84q
72Hudson de SouzaBRA3:37.06
84Demma DabaETH3:37.78
911Tiidrek NurmeEST3:38.59
101David FreemanPUR3:39.70
1110Nicholas KemboiKEN3:41.56
123Byron PiedraECU3:45.57
1313Abdalla AbdelgadirSUD3:47.65

Splits

400 m56.83Tiidrek Nurme
800 m1:55.88Tiidrek Nurme
1200 m2:54.77Abdalaati Iguider

Heat Four (19:37)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Mohamed MoustaouiMAR3:34.80Q
29Augustine ChogeKEN3:35.47Q
36Christian ObristITA3:35.91Q
45Kevin SullivanCAN3:36.05Q
57Carsten SchlangenGER3:36.34q
61Mulugeta WendimuETH3:36.67q
72Thamer Kamal AliQAT3:41.08
810Mahamoud FarahDJI3:43.62
98Chauncy MasterMAW3:44.96
1011Kamal BoulahfaneALG3:45.59
1112Jeff RiseleyAUS3:53.95
AC[3]Rashid RamziBRN3:32.89DQ QU (doping)2

Splits

400 m54.79Augustine Choge
800 m1:54.65Augustine Choge
1200 m2:53.99Augustine Choge

Semi-Finals (17 August 2008)

Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (21:55)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
19Asbel KipropKEN3:37.04Q
211Abdalaati IguiderMAR3:37.21Q
36Juan Carlos HigueroESP3:37.31Q
410Christian ObristITA3:37.47Q
51Belal Mansoor AliBRN3:37.60Q
63Juan van DeventerRSA3:37.75q
72Daham Najim BashirQAT3:37.77q
812Carsten SchlangenGER3:37.94
97Nate BrannenCAN3:39.10
105Mulugeta WendimuETH3:40.16
114Antar ZerguelaïneALG3:40.64
128Lopez LomongUSA3:41.00

Splits

400 m57.81Belal Mansoor Ali
800 m2:00.53Belal Mansoor Ali
1200 m2:58.11Abdalaati Iguider

Heat Two (22:04)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Mehdi BaalaFRA3:37.47Q
21Andy BaddeleyGBR3:37.47Q
36Augustine ChogeKEN3:37.54Q
49Nick WillisNZL3:37.54Q
58Bernard LagatUSA3:37.79
62Deresse MekonnenETH3:37.85
712Tarek BoukensaALG3:39.73
83Kevin SullivanCAN3:40.30
910Mohamed MoustaouiMAR3:40.90
104Arturo CasadoESP3:41.57
115Leo ManzanoUSA3:50.33
AC[11]Rashid RamziBRN3:37.11DQ QU (doping)3

Splits

400 m1:00.47Arturo Casado
800 m2:02.05Arturo Casado
1200 m2:57.28Augustine Choge

Final (19 August 2008 — 22:50)

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (A)
110Asbel KipropKEN3:33.11
212Nick WillisNZL3:34.16
39Mehdi BaalaFRA3:34.21
411Juan Carlos HigueroESP3:34.44
56Abdalaati IguiderMAR3:34.66
64Juan van DeventerRSA3:34.77
75Belal Mansoor AliBRN3:35.23
87Andy BaddeleyGBR3:35.37
93Augustine ChogeKEN3:35.50
102Daham Najim BashirQAT3:37.68
118Christian ObristITA3:39.87
AC[1]Rashid RamziBRN3:32.94DQ (doping)4

Splits

400 m56.48Asbel Kiprop
800 m1:56.06Augustine Choge
1200 m2:53.67Augustine Choge